This property is annoyingly out of the way if you're not using the airport, but if you are flying in or out (or, heck, just want to spend a lot of time at IKEA) this is a great location. Service was excellent - we had a toilet issue at midnight and someone was at our door within ten minutes to fix it; we slept in most days and housekeeping & front desk staff were more than happy to provide us with soap or coffee upon request in the afternoon.
While we did not use the shuttle to/from the airport, it ran at very frequent intervals - 20-40 minutes, if I'm not mistaken - and staff were very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating when scheduling seats. I witnessed a grown female guest throwing a fit and demanding to be "unchecked into" the hotel because the front desk employee discouraged the idea of taking the shuttle only 20 minutes before their flight. She helpfully suggested they take the shuttle that left an hour prior to their departure time, and the guest went ballistic. Lady, if you're that much of an idiot, no one can help you. I sincerely hope you missed your flight and got a rude comeuppance for your childish behavior.
The rooms here are nice; comfortable, clean, and relatively quiet for being so close to the airport. They come equipped with mini fridges and microwaves, which was especially helpful for us as a family. The free WiFi is FAST - perhaps the nicest perk of staying here. We did not realize how spoiled we were until we moved to our next hotel and had to deal with mind-numbingly slow internet. Beds are not heavenly, but adequate and did not cause back pain for myself or my husband, which is a big plus.
One thing I've noticed in both of my stays here is that the curtains intended to darken the room at night do not lie flush; they gap, and there are VERY bright lights in the parking lot that will disturb a sensitive sleeper. I had to set a bottle of laundry detergent on the air conditioner to keep the curtains from separating at night.
Overall, this property is a very good value for the money. (Especially if you use Priceline, which we've done on both occasions, but perhaps I'm not supposed to say that! ;) Buildings are secure with key access only, there are ice machines at decent intervals, the cable is adequate - it's a good place to catch some shut eye.
I have two minor complaints: One, it would be nice to have some laundry facilities available. This is a pretty sizeable property with no easy access to Laundromats or other businesses (except Cascade Station, which includes IKEA, Target, Best Buy and some chain restaurants.) For a family of four, a 3-day stay without laundry facilities was a stretch.
Two - and again, this is minor, but annoying - the housekeeping staff was rather aggressive on our morning of departure. They knocked on our door 30 minutes prior to checkout time, to "check that [we were] leaving", and practically stalked us out the door at the end. Yes, we were pushing it to the last minute, but it was annoying to feel watched/pressured nonetheless. I imagine this isn't an issue for anyone who checks out early to catch a flight.
Would definitely stay again. As I said, we weren't traveling at the time, just catching some R&R, and it was adequate for almost all of our needs. It would be an ideal spot for travelers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just a half mile from Portland International Airport and just a short trip from Downtown Portland, our hotel boasts one of the most favorable locations among Portland Airport hotels. Whether you're staying with us while you wait for your flight or embarking on a fun Portland adventure with the family, take advantage of our convenient and enjoyable airport hotel amenities, including complimentary Portland airport shuttle service, two on-site Portland hotel dining options, a 24/7 fitness center, free WiFi and heated outdoor pool (seasonal). Red Lion Portland Airport is also conveniently located near the MAX light rail system so you can easily keep connected to popular Portland area attractions like the Lloyd Center Mall, the Oregon Zoo, Oregon Convention Center, MOOA Center, and the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. ... more less
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